Gide London teams up with France for Ghana job

Gide Loyrette Nouel’s recently acquired London partners have teamed up with their new French colleagues to work on their first M&A deal as a merged firm.

The firm advised the government of Ghana on the merger of Ashanti Goldfields and AngloGold, the first merger to be effected on the Ghana Stock Exchange.

French corporate partner Christophe Eck led the transaction and was assisted by UK partner Michael Doran, who joined the firm from Sidley Austin Brown & Wood in the summer.

Eck is developing a stranglehold on Ghanaian work. This deal, which creates the world’s biggest goldmining company, follows deals that Eck handled for Société Générale on the acquisition of Ghanaian bank SSB earlier in the year.

Shearman & Sterling advised AngloGold and Norton Rose advised Ashanti Goldfields.